Wallet-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Halloween Candy


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The big night was a success. Your kids brought home bucket loads of treats. You've sifted through their bounty, disposed of the questionable pieces and gave a green light for the rest. And, you have extra candy from the stash you built up for trick-or-treaters who visited you. Now you have more candy in your house than Milton S. Hershey. How do you manage it?

U.S. News suggests a few frugal ways to deal with excess sweets, such as freezing it and using it for cooking.

In addition, here are some tips for rationing your extras as well as your kids' collections.

1. Lunch Treat. Give each child one piece of their Halloween candy (or your leftovers) in their lunch instead of a cookie or cupcake or whatever his or her usual dessert. This will save you on lunch supplies in regards to sweet treats for as long as the candy lasts.

2. Tech Time Buyback. Worried your child has too much candy? Have him or her trade you candy for extra video game or tablet time. For example, in addition to one hour of screen time on week nights, provided homework is done, he or she might buy fifteen more minutes with two mini candy bars.

3. Car Wash. Rather than pay for car washes during the holiday months, "pay" your kids in candy to wash the family vehicles. When they run out of candy from their stashes, they will be happy to spend an afternoon now and again earning some of your candy leftovers. This could also work for raking leaves!

4. Holiday Cookies. In a few weeks, you'll be knee deep in flour, butter and sugar as you and  your family bake for the holidays. As the U.S. News article suggested, use the candy for cooking. If you use it for your holiday baking, you can save money on ingredients such as chocolate chips. I bet chunks of candy corn would complement the pecans or walnuts in your holiday cookies quite well.

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